Garth Crooks' team of the week: Maguire, Milner, Mitrovic - and who else?

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Premier League champions Manchester City were held by Wolves at Molineux, Unai Emery recorded his first win as Arsenal manager condemning West Ham to a third straight loss, Mohamed Salah scored the only goal as Liverpool beat Brighton, and Fulham scored four against Burnley to secure a first win since gaining promotion back to the Premier League.Elsewhere, Bournemouth fought back from two goals down to draw with Everton and Harry Maguire scored a stoppage-time winner for Leicester at Southampton.Chelsea and Watford maintained their winning starts with victories over Crystal Palace and Newcastle respectively, while 10-man Huddersfield held on for a point against Cardiff.
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Garth's team of the week
Goalkeeper - Rui Patricio

Rui Patricio: The saves that denied Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus were excellent but how Rui Patricio managed to push Raheem Sterling's cracking shot on to the bar I will never know. And how on earth did referee Martin Atkinson refuse to award Manchester City's David Silva a penalty kick[/IMG]Defenders - Trent Alexander-Arnold, Aymeric Laporte, Harry Maguire, Ryan Bertrand
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Trent Alexander-Arnold: This lad gets better every time I see him. Against a dogged Brighton, the Liverpool and England full-back showed a maturity well beyond his years.I was surprised to see Arnold standing on his own ready to take the free-kick that hit the bar while Mohamed Salah and James Milner stood and watched. Alexander-Arnold is a defender who loves to play forward, not square or back, because he's not afraid and has the talent to do it. But the moment of the match for me was the 40-yard pass to the feet of Salah on the other side of the pitch. I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. What a ball. Did you know[/img]
Midfielders - Jean Michael Seri, James Milner, Marcos Alonso
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[b]Jean Michael Seri:
If ever Fulham needed a boost then Jean Michael Seri's fourth-minute blockbuster was it. The Ivorian's strike flew past Joe Hart like a rocket. The last I heard, this was a player we all thought was going to Barcelona, so I'm not entirely sure how he ended up at Craven Cottage. But with goals like this, who cares[/img]
Forwards - Eden Hazard, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Roberto Pereyra
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Eden Hazard: The penalty given by referee Paul Tierney was debatable but there is nothing debatable about the man who took the spot-kick, or his performance. Eden Hazard strolled through this game and was head and shoulders above everybody else on the pitch. The Belgium international seems to have been given the freedom to do whatever he likes under Maurizio Sarri. Not so under Mourinho or Conte. Both Sarri's predecessors had volatile temperaments and fragile relationships with Hazard.For all of football's rhetoric about sports science, fitness and the tactics of the modern game, there's one thing that will never change. Managers need to take care of their best players or their best players will eventually desert them. [b]Did you know[/img]
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I have been watching the fly-on-the-wall documentary about Manchester City's title-winning season and, I must say, it's been absolutely riveting.I spent a good deal of my early life in football dressing rooms and they are not for the faint-hearted. In fact the day I retired I went to great lengths not to go anywhere near another one for a very simple reason - if you are not a member or part of the team you have no business being in the room at all. To be given an opportunity to see what goes on in a modern-day dressing room, its facilities, equipment, the science, not to mention the methods adopted for a modern generation of players, is as fascinating to me as it gets. So I am immensely grateful (and so should the viewing public be) to get a glimpse of what happens during the most intense moments, not just in a Premier League dressing room but the dressing room of the champions. These glimpses might be commonplace in in the USA but they are not to be taken for granted here.

I remember seeing a similar documentary some years ago when my dear friend and contemporary Peter Reid, during his successful managerial spell at Sunderland, gave a camera crew total access.I remember thinking at the time, has Reidy gone mad? It's one thing having your mistakes choreographed in front of a football crowd but it's something entirely different when those mistakes are highlighted in living colour in front of a watching nation. It takes a very special individual with a lot of courage and self-belief to do that. My admiration for Peter grew after his moment in the spotlight and the same is true of City boss Pep Guardiola. That Jose Mourinho has seen fit to be so dismissive of the documentary is hardly surprising. The programme was showing all who wanted to watch just how badly Mourinho and Manchester United had just had their backsides kicked.Manchester City beat their neighbours and fiercest rivals by a staggering 19 points, so to call the documentary 'classless' was in itself misjudged and ill-timed, and made Mourinho look tawdry. The reality is Guardiola has taken football to another level and Mourinho is desperately struggling to come to terms with that fact.
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